Boat & Item Donations

Boat & Item Donations

The New Hampshire Boat Museum’s collections and exhibits, like all other museums, depend on the generosity of the public for its growth. The Museum is always open to reviewing potential donations to our collections.  All potential donations are reviewed by the Museum’s Collections Committee to ascertain the object’s relevance to the Museum’s mission “to inspire an understanding of and appreciation for the boating heritage of the fresh waterways of New Hampshire.”  In addition, the committee reviews the item’s condition and if duplicates currently exist in the collection before making its final decision.  

Boats and boating accessories used on New Hampshire’s fresh waters are the obvious items that we are always looking for, but the following items also add to our exhibits and enhance the history of the “summer experience” that is so rich in New Hampshire.

  • Trade signs pertaining to marinas, tourist attractions and vintage lodging
  • Ephemera relating to boat builders
  • New Hampshire tourist trade items
  • Vintage photography and film depicting boating and lake activities 1890 to 1960
  • Early engines and outboards
  • Early boat models and toys
  • New Hampshire lake-side summer camp literature & memorabilia 
  • Research materials for our library
  • Race boat history as it pertains to New Hampshire
  • Locally built items such as McDuff engines, Northland Water Ski Products and brochures
  • Goodhue & Hawkins and Johnson Lakers are always of great interest
  • Dug out canoe with New Hampshire history

The New Hampshire Boat Museum appreciates you taking the time to review our “Wish List.”  Please contact Executive Director, Lisa Simpson Lutts, if you have an item you think might be suitable for the Museum’s collection at either lisa@nhbm.org or 603-569-4554.  Pictures of the item(s) are always very helpful and appreciated.